2023 Fall Orientation
Welcome to Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine!
All GMS programs have Orientation on September 1 with classes starting September 5, unless otherwise specified.
Program-specific orientations will be held according to the schedule below. These orientations may be either in-person or virtual. Please check with your program for details.
A BU-wide Resource Fair will take place on orientation day to introduce you to the many services and student groups here in GMS, the Medical Campus, as well as the Charles River Campus.
The following is the schedule of all Orientation sessions and activities.
Main GMS Orientation Session
|Check-in & Breakfast||September 1||8 – 9 a.m.|
|Main GMS Orientation Session
(Required: all students)
|September 1||9 – 11 a.m.|
Additional Sessions & Activities
|Student Health Insurance Info Session||July 25||12-12:45 p.m.|
|PhD Stipends Overview & Oath of the Scientist Info Session
(Required: all doctoral students)
|August 22||12-12:45 p.m.|
|Resource Fair||September 1||11 a.m. – 1 p.m.|
|Welcome Back BBQ||September 7||4 – 6 p.m.|
|Newbury Center Virtual Welcome & First-Gen Orientation||September 14||7 – 8 p.m.|
|Office of Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs Virtual PhD Orientation
(Doctoral students only)
|September 15||12 – 1 p.m.|
Program-Specific Orientation Sessions
|Anatomy & Neurobiology – Vesalius||September 1, 1 – 5 p.m.|
|Bioimaging||September 1, 12 – 2 p.m.|
|Biomedical Forensic Sciences||September 1, 12 – 3 p.m.|
|Biomedical Research Technologies||September 6, 1 – 2:30 p.m.|
|Clinical Research||September 1, 12 – 1:30 p.m.|
|Forensic Anthropology||September 1, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.|
|Genetic Counseling||September 1, 12 – 2 p.m.|
|Healthcare Emergency Management||September 1, 12 – 2 p.m.|
|Health Professions Education||September 1, 12 – 2 p.m.|
|Medical Anthropology & Cross Cultural Practice||September 1, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.|
|Medical Sciences||September 1, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.|
|Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine||September 1, 12 – 2 p.m. (Part I)
September 5, 1:30 – 4 p.m. (Part II)
|Nutrition & Metabolism||September 1, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.|
|Oral Health Sciences||July 27, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.|
|Pathology Laboratory Sciences||September 1, 12:30 – 2 p.m.|
|August 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (White Coat Ceremony)
August 2-4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Orientation)
|Anatomy & Neurobiology||September 1, 1 – 5 p.m.|
|Behavioral Neuroscience||August 31, 12 – 2 p.m.|
|Biomolecular Pharmacology||September 1, 12 – 2 p.m.|
|Graduate Program for Neuroscience (GPN)||September 6, 12 – 1 p.m.|
|MD/PhD Dual Degree||August 3, 12 – 1 p.m.|
|Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS)||September 1, 12 – 2:30 p.m.|
Required Documents / Trainings
ALL STUDENTS are required to complete the following by September 30, 2023:
All orientation required documents and trainings are located on Blackboard (with the exception of the Mandatory Student Training on Sexual Misconduct). Please see below for an overview of requirements.
NOTE: You will need your BUID to complete the following orientation required documents and trainings. To find your BUID, refer to the “Boston University Admission Decision” offer letter that you received via email OR download your CAS application and look for the eight character field starting with the alphabet “U” with the label “Alternate Id:”
- Academic Conduct Code and Disciplinary Procedures
- Appropriate Treatment in Graduate Education
- Fuller Gym Release Form
- Identifying and Avoiding Plagiarism Training
- Intellectual Property Agreement
- Mandatory Student Training on Sexual Misconduct
- Microaggressions Training
- Photo Release Form
DOCTORAL STUDENTS should complete the following before orientation:
- Please register online for an ORCID ID, unless you already have one.
- US Citizens:
- International Students:
- International students must follow the rules and procedures for employment established by Boston University, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and their sponsoring agencies.
- International students are encouraged to seek additional assistance from the International Students and Scholars Office.
- Note that International students MUST contact the International Student and Scholars Office prior to filling out of Form I-9.
RESEARCH AND/OR CLINICAL PROGRAMS:
Students complete the following trainings as dictated by their program. Confirm with your director/administrator if you are unsure if you need to complete these documents.
Student ID Card and Semester T Pass
Student ID Card
All students must obtain a BU student identification card (ID). To obtain your ID, please follow the instructions that will be sent over email from GMS Student Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Semester MBTA Pass
Please visit the TransComm website for additional information. The deadline for the MBTA Student Semester Pass is August 10.
Please see the ISSO webpage for more information.
All students must complete BU First Class, ISSO’s online pre-arrival orientation course once they arrive in Boston.
Should you have any problems or questions regarding your visa status, please contact the International Students and Scholars Office at 888 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd floor, (617-353-3565 or email@example.com). You will not be allowed to register for classes until the International Students and Scholars Office has cleared you for admission.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with the Student Affairs Office.
If you decide to defer or withdraw, please email your program director and GMS Admissions at email@example.com prior to the first day of classes stating that you officially withdraw your application. For any technical questions regarding indicating your admission decision, please contact GMS Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org).